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    Is there a code for prehypertension? I don't see one...???

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    Apr 2007
    White Plains, New York Chapter


    Prehypertension does not appear to be an actual diagnosis. However, it sounds like you're referring to an incidental finding of elevated blood pressure without a definitive diagnosis of hypertension. In that case, you may be able to use ICD-9 code 796.2 - "Elevated blood pressure reading without diagnosis of hypertension."

    If hypertension is actually diagnosed and is associated with or due to other diseases, then you can refer back to the ICD-9 guideline for hypertension in Section I Chapter 7a. I hope this helps answer your question.

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    I agree with ChRivera's answer.

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    Thanks for the help. That makes sense! I get so confused sometimes..it nice to have other people to discuss this stuff with. Thanks!

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